Contributed by Steve Dbrockavitch
Terrebonne Parish, LA — “Everything we thought we knew about feral cats is wrong.” Says Dr. Salvage Earheart, biologist with the Center for Feral Cat Research and Conservation (CFCRC). After a ten year study of the animals living in a swamp in southern Louisiana, textbooks will, no doubt, be re-written.
In 2001, Dr. Earheart and his team released 2000 domesticated cats into a remote swamp in Terrebonne Parish to study the effects of feralization, and document any adaptations, or lack thereof, that should occur. Dr. Earheart explains:
“While we did not find any of our original herd, except in the stomach contents of a few alligators, actually we found no trace of the animals at all. Then we realized that they had evolved so drastically that they were sitting right in front of us and we didn’t even know it; we had literally tripped over them in search of the cats. Over the course of 12 or 13 generations, they have adapted remarkably well to their new habitat, sloughing off their fur in favor of a sleek, amphibian-like skin, developing webbed feet and elongated hind legs which they use to catapult themselves about, even adjusting to the available food sources in a diet of insects which they catch with an elastic-like tongue. In fact, they went as far as changing their reproductive method from live, mammalian birth, to egg depositing and fertilization. Remarkable, simply unprecedented in the field of evolution.”
When asked about the lack of transitional remains on the path to their new special-hood, Dr. Earheart replied, “Look, we know that we released 2000 cats into the wild, came back after ten years and found a thriving population of what we have now named felis reptans orientalis glabra. What other explanation could there be?
Full disclosure notice: PFN contributor Scud Langley is also owner/operator of La Mesa Negra Feral Cat Ranch in Crescent Shadow, New Mexico.